Originally Posted by iammatt
I think that they are shoes that are finished with very nice antiquing but that they lack quality construction. First of all, many of them are blake stitched, which is not a problem, but unusual for a shoe that runs 1k. Second of all they do not have hidden sole stitching which, to me, is a very important feature and one that makes a shoe looked finished. When compared to Vass or Lattanzi which are truly handmade shoes with excellent finishing, a machine stitched (even when done Goodyear) shoe with exposed stitching doesn't really rate.
I have several pairs of sutors that I'm told are top line and that I can easily see the stitching. I happen to like the look and thought there was a name for the style (Norvegese sp? but maybe I'm wrong) . Are these too slightly inferior construction technique? Again I happen to like an ever so slight gunboat style.
ALso is the issue with the blake stuff (I think I've been told some Bonora of mine are Blake) not so much the quality but for the quality/price ratio?
I still vividly recall a split toe light brown/tanish Bontoni at Louis that I think I'll never forget (I've been told that lighter shades of brown best reflect the patina and antinquing one can get)
Last question and a little off topic: this summer I do Italy for two weeks. WHat/who would you recommend for a sportsjacket and shoes. I will be bouncing arouond throughout country but probably not in any place long enough for bespoke. Could do one fitting or measurement (MTM)?
Thanks and sorry for the barrage